|Received:||12/8/2006 10:35:54 AM|
|Subject:||Telemarketing Sales Rule|
|Title:||Request for Public Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:Unsolicited telemarketing contacts via telephone or fax represent serious violations of my rights to choose to plan and live my life in a manner and according to a schedule which I establish. There is nothing that I want or need that I cannot research on my own. To think that anyone would purchase goods or services based on unsolicited promotional contacts from vendors is either absurd on its face or it is a clear statement that the objective of such contacts is to take advantage of people who are vulnerable whether by virtue of mental impairment, insecurity, age, loneliness, desperation or any number of other complicating factors which reduce their capabilities to function normally and protect their own best interests. Furthermore, any contractual relationship created as a result of phone contact alone clearly puts the consumer at risk by not allowing calm, non-pressured evaluation of a proposal and provides no unequivocal evidence of the commitments made by the vendor. In all respects, telemarketing is a violation of private rights and is subject to abuse. There is absolutely no social need for the process. All loop-holes including prior relationships must be closed. It is time that consumer rights be considered before any concocted need expressed by companies and other organizations the only priority of which is to achieve their financial goals. There are many other non-invasive means by which to market goods and services without all of the violations of good sense, privacy and personal rights which are inherent in telemarketing.